Fined for craypot interference
A MAN who pulled another crayfisher’s pots last year was found guilty after a trial at Rockingham Magistrates Court on October 29.
Spearwood man Angelo De Robertis was ordered to pay $12,181 in fines and costs for interfering with the lobster pots.
The trial came after the owner of the rock lobster pots confronted De Robertis as he removed a rock lobster from one of the pots.
The court was told that, under the direction of the owner, the offender replaced a western rock lobster back into the pot and dropped it back in the water for the owner to retrieve.
The owner later lodged a complaint with FishWatch and a search warrant was executed at the Spearwood home of DeRobertis, at which time he made full admissions to pulling the pot, but claimed he was untangling the pot.
In handing down the ruling last month, the magistrate took into account De Robertis had lost the use of his vessel for more than 20 months. When De Robertis committed the offence in January last year, the 73year-old had his vessel seized by Fisheries and Marine officers.
However, the vessel was not forfeited in this case.
Details on WA’s fishing rules can be found at www. fish.wa.gov.au. To report suspicious behaviour, call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.